After a week of snow, you probably want to shake off the flakes and do something fun. We suggest you check out the “meanest, funniest, and dumbest comments” event at Housing Works, a feminist art show in Dumbo, a discussion of podcasts, a black history edit-a-thon in Harlem, an immersive art environment in Queens, and more.
‘Say It To My Face 3!’: Writers Read the Meanest, Funniest, and Dumbest Comments They’ve Gotten
When: Tuesday, February 3, 7pm
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street, Nolita, Manhattan)
For the third iteration of their event, Tyler Coates and Jolie Kerr join writers Emma Carmichael, Matt Lubchansky, Felix Salmon, Jaya Saxena, Dodai Stewart, and others to relive internet exchanges and comments gone awry. Come commiserate, snicker, and cringe as writers break the second rule of writing on the internet: “Never acknowledge the comment that someone would NEVER say to your face.” —Kemy Lin
When: Opens Thursday, February 5, 6-9pm
Where: A.I.R. GALLERY (111 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn)
As women have become better represented in the art world, the focus of feminist art and activism has shifted. In this exhibition, Brooklyn Museum Curator Emerita Charlotta Kotik brings together 18 female artists from across America (and one from Israel) working in a variety of mediums for a show that, in her words, reflects how:
The face of feminism has changed over the last several decades … toward the more comprehensive societal critique that employs a large variety of formal approaches. This new viewpoint is no longer centered on the feminist agenda only. It became a viewpoint of a wide range of contemporary artists who address issues of the current world and that world’s complex influences on our very existence …
The Village of Vale
When: Thursday, February 5 to Sunday, February 8 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm/ Sunday at 3pm)
Where: The Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)
An art installation unfolding through several mediums—music, performance, illustration, and the written word— “The Village of Vale” bills itself as a tale of “Edward Gorey-meets-J.R.R. Tolkien” expectations. An experiment in storytelling, the fantastical world of Vale reveals itself in burning trees that resurrect the dead and eyeglasses that provide wearers with truthful, all-seeing vision. The exhibition promises its audience an immersive experience that “walks the line between old fairy tales and modern science fiction.” —KL
Serial and the Podcast Explosion
When: Thursday, February 5, 8-10pm (Sold out/ Livestreamed)
Where: New School (66 West 12th Street, Union Square, Manhattan)
Was there a payphone at the Best Buy? Did Adnan ask Hae for a lift after school? What’s up with the Nisha call? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you somehow missed the Serial phenomenon. Sarah Koenig’s episodic podcast examined the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old student at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore. Serial‘s word of mouth success ballooned into an ongoing debate regarding the show’s format, its influence on mainstream media, and the ethics of its journalistic approach. This Thursday, David Carr moderates a discussion on the world of podcasts with Koenig, radio host Benjamin Walker, and radio producers Alex Blumberg and Alix Spiegel. The event will be livestreamed here.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
When: Friday, February 6, and Saturday, February 7, 12:25am ($11)
Where: Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature film is described as “the first Iranian vampire western.” Beautifully shot in black and white, the film follows “the girl,” a sullen figure who only ever emerges after dark. Due to its successful synthesis of various genres, the film is both largely unpredictable and completely engrossing. Amirpour’s confident direction juggles scenes of horror and comedy with moments of tender eroticism. If you’re looking for something unusual and exciting, this is the film to see.
Black History Month: Living Legacy
When: Saturday, February 7, from 5pm (FREE)
Where: The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays are always fun, but this month’s edition may be better than others because of the jazz-funk sounds of New Orleans band Water Seed, a film that explores the relationship between food, family, and identity, a discussion (led by Kim Drew, founder of the Black Contemporary Art blog) on the ways black artists engage with social media, a poetry reading and community forum inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and more.
Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
When: Saturday, February 7, 12pm-5pm
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem, Manhattan)
Part of the what makes Black Lives Matter so important is that it is shining a light on people that far too often inhabit marginal spaces in American society. The only way to change that is by telling people’s stories and adding their histories to resources shared by everyone. A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon may not change the world, but it certainly is a step in the right direction.
This afternoon event invites people passionate about black history and culture to join together to add black-focused historical facts to one of the most popular websites in the world. This is a very important gesture that has the potential to inspire and educate others.
When: Opens Saturday, February 7, 2-7pm (opening night performance, 6pm)
Where: Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
In his largest site-specific project in the US, Swiss sound sculptor Zimoun will present “an immersive environment of 250 motorized wood beams and ropes. Each unit will cyclically strike the floor, producing a sonic experience reverberating within a 10,000 square foot atrium.” Zimoun’s sound architecture and pieces, which obsessively incorporate functional, industrial items like cardboard boxes, have gained notoriety in Europe. His work will also be simultaneously exhibited at bitforms gallery beginning on February 8 and at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University beginning on February 5th. —KL
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With contributions by Kemy Lin.
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